Barbaresco Rizzi – 2016

Region: italy - piedmont


Nestled at the very top of the impressively steep, vine-clad hills of the Treiso zone of Barbaresco, the winery’s vineyards were planted as early as the 1960’s in the white marl, calcareous soil typical of this area. An impressive selection of cru Barbaresci is punctuated by the spectacular Vigna Boito  located at the peak of the Rizzi cru. The estate is managed entirely by the Dellapiana family with son Enrico as winemaker and viticulturist. Rizzi Winery participates in “The Green Experience” project which mandates guidelines for environmentally sustainable production.

Grapes / Soils

Barbaresco Rizzi Nebbiolo Planted 1967-2004 white marl clayey- calcareous, alternated by sand

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

This Barbaresco wine is produced from Nebbiolo grapes harvest in the Crü Rizzi.  The Rizzi Cru is extensive, so it is no surprise that within it, there are substantial variations for characteristic of the soil, exposure and altitude.  It’s for this that our Barbaresco is so particular, and the Rizzi hill is incontestably one of the most famous in the Langhe area.

  • Location:  Treiso
  • Crü:  Rizzi
  • Altitude:  220-310 meters
  • Exposure:  South, South-West
  • Soil:  White marl clayey-calcareous, alternated by sand
  • Year of planting:  1967-2004
  • Training System:  Guyot
  • Density:  3800-4400 vine/Ha
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest:  handpicked in the first week of October
  • Fermentation:  in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, not exceeding 30°C, for 25-35 days
  • Malolactic Fermentation:  following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is racked and undergoes a malolactic fermentation, which normally lasts a month
  • Aging:  12-15 months in  50Hl oak barrels, then into concrete tanks for 8 months, and then in bottle for 3 years after the harvest
Winemaker's Notes

Garnet color with orange reflections typical of Nebbiolo. The nose has a fragrant and crisp aroma, with hints of red fruits and flavors of berries, and herbs, with floral and spicy notes. On the palate shows a great texture and tannic structure, with a nice sweetness, delicacy, elegance, great balance and fine tannins and a long finish, fruity and nervous.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo; alcohol: 14.5%; vines planted 1967-2004; soils: clay-calcareous alternated by sand; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature; malolactic fermentation and aging in 50Hl oak barrels for 12-15 months, then aged in concrete tanks 8 months, then in bottle for 3 years after the harvest.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14.5%


93+ Points

The 2016 Barbaresco Rizzi is the most balanced wine in this series. The other wines feel a bit too ripe in my opinion, even in this 2016 vintage. This wine offers a soft and delicate side that is expressed with sweet fruit, spice, licorice and tar. This wine is firm and ultimately the most elegant. It could be served right away with a dish of veal-filled agnolotti. Drink date 2020 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, June, 2019

93 Points

Here’s a very pretty Barbaresco confidently placed in floral territory, where violets are joined by sour cherries and bright citrus. The medium-to full-bodied palate is tightly knit, but poised to deliver power as it unwinds through compressed citrus and blue fruit. Drink from 2022.

jamessuckling.com, June, 2020

17.5 Points

Treiso. Tasted blind. Mid to deep ruby. Balsamic fruit that is almost a little ethereal and with minerally hints. Ripe, soft and juicy palate with gorgeous gripping yet ripe tannins that cement themselves firmly on the finish. Succulent, elegant, expressive. 2020 – 2030

JancisRobinson.com, July, 2019

93 Points

Wild berry, menthol, herb and leather aromas take center stage along with star anise. The tightly wound palate reflects the nose, showing red cherry, pomegranate, licorice and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins and racy acidity that create a firm finish.

Wine Enthusiast, October, 2019

General Info

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) Treiso, Neive, Neviglie
Proprietors Enrico Dellapiana
Founded 1974
Winemaker Enrico Dellapiana
Annual Production Between 7,500 to 9,000 9L cases